Simplicity 2638 It’s So Easy Maxi Dress

For my next project, I thought I would try another ‘It’s So Easy, It’s Simplicty’ pattern. This one looks really easy.

It is a long maxi dress with a halter top.

According to the instructions, you can use cotton blends, eyelet, guaze, or silky types.

I went with the silky type. I cut out a size 16 (up again on the scale).

I needed 2 ½ yards of my silky fabric and ¾ yard of lining. Just the top part was lined.

It also required a zipper.

I tend to prefer an invisible zipper to other zippers. I don’t know why, but I actually am better at putting in invisible zippers to other zippers, rather lapped zipper, or exposed zipper.

To me the invisible zipper is much easier. However, it sucks when you have it twisted the wrong way.

One day, I will show you an easy way to do this and I promise, no more taking out the seams of zippers because you twisted it wrong. AHHHHH I can’t tell you how many times I had to take out zipper seams L

I found this so easy to do!!!!

The instructions were great.

I even was able to line up the middle part across the zipper (very proud of self!)

I found the lining very easy to put in. I still struggled with the V part in the middle, but I guess practice will make perfect.

(who am I kidding, still struggling a big now 4 years later, lol!

There weren’t many pattern pieces.

I can’t remember what the name of the material was, but it was from the silk section from Joann’s. I am pretty sure that I got it on clearance.  In the beginning, all my fabric came from clearance.  I needed something to practice on that didn’t cost an arm and leg.

Looking at picture of myself, I could have made a few fit adjustments, but lets face it, I was still learning about construction. Fit, would have been too scary to take on that task at the time.

Beside, now I fit into this garment perfectly (well I have added some pounds since, lol!. See current picture!!

Dress done:

Here is the inside of the dress. You can see that just the top portion is lined.  I felt I did a great job!!!

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Here is the front and back inside out. You can see the zipper and the button and thread.  I just used regular thread and one loop.  I actually needed something just a tab bit stronger.

Also, a great tip that I have learned since then, is to interface along the zipper line before installing the zipper. This helps stabilize the fabric for the zipper.

I have tried that tip and it works!!!! I wish I would have known that before!

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Dress on my when done in 2013 (sorry about the pics):

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Dress on me in June 2017 – sorry about the lighting. I still have this dress and wear it!

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Since it is silky, it’s polyester, so it does not breathe well. It is a little bit warm to wear in the summer day, but a summer night would be great.  Problem is, with a 2 year old, I’m in bed before 9:00 am, lol!!

Until next time, Cheerio!

 

Simplicity 9873 Pillows

My husband wanted couch pillows. When we went pricing the pillows at the store, we were astounded at the cost.

My husband said, you can make some.

I thought, well yes, yes I can!!!!

So I went to Joann’s and bought some home décor fabric. Both were on clearance, but I bought this solid yellow fabric and this blue striped fabric.  I am sorry, but I don’t remember the names at all.

I was trying to match some colors in a painting that we have over the fireplace and thought these would coordinate well.

I think I purchased 2 yards of each.

I thought I could just freehand my squares, lol.

I did, but I messed up on the blue striped one and it was so crocked. Also, I had one ruler when I was just beginning.

Hint, you need lots of rulers, I really like the quilters rulers, I have a variety of those now.

I also have a large table mat that covers my whole table and rotary cutter that I just loved.

But, back to the past when I had nothing, but a kitchen table.

So I believe it did 18” by 18”, that was the only ruler I had at the time.

Well, they came out sooooo small!!!! But I kept them anyways.  Look at the yellow and striped blue!

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I decided that I just couldn’t do this by myself.   So I found a pattern online, Simplicity #9873 Sewing Patterns for Dummies.

This helped a lot. I believe I did View A.  I know the directions said pillow form, but I felt if I was going to buy that, I might as well have just bought the pillow from the store!

So instead I used fiber fill.

I didn’t really follow the instructions, I just used the pattern piece A to cut out my pieces.

At this time, I didn’t have anymore home décor fabric left, so I had this charmuse brown with swiggle lines on it that I thought would coordinate in our livingroom very well.

So I cut out the pattern, used it as a template, sewed the pillows and here they are:

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I probably should have used the pillow form, but I must admit this is a current picture as of June 2017.

Remember I made these in 2013 and look, they are all still holding up pretty good, fiber fill and all.

I have not made another pillow since.

Lets just say home décor isn’t really my thing!

Until next time, Cheerio!

Simplicity It’s So Easy A2884

Well, you seen this dress in the last blog regarding my sewing room.

This dress, gave me so many headaches. I really struggled with this dress.

For this one, I used It’s Simplicity It’s So Easy A2884. I made view A.  The only difference is that view A is longer than view B.

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By this time I had put on some weight, so I cut a size 16. Then I seen that this had lining and boning, 14” Zipper, and hook and eye.

I used a light green chiffon fabric that I purchased from Joann’s, again on their clearance. I also purchased the China Silk 100% polyester green lining to go underneath the chiffon.

I have to say, I did not find this easy. To me it was not a beginner pattern.

I consider beginner patterns, to be simple, and easy to understand. I found this pattern to be anything but these things.

I really struggled with the instructions for the bodice.

First I struggled with making the V neck.

I understood instructions #1, 2, and 3 with no problem.

This is where I started getting confused. Now it makes sense to me, but for a beginner, a video would have been better than these instructions.

I was able to do the Neck straps.

But now we are getting into the lining. I attached the lining, but as you noticed in the finished picture, my V in the middle looks horrible.

This was where I was getting confused, attaching the lining, and the boning.

I must have pulled this thing out like 5 times trying to understand the process.

Here is the finished product. For some reason I think the middle portion is too big.  The gathers are a little off.

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I guess that some would like it. But it was not a good shape for my body type.  When I put it on, it appeared to have added 10 lbs to me.

I think I ended giving it up to Goodwill. Hopefully, someone liked it.

It was a good first try. You have to learn somehow.

Onto the next project!

Until next time, Cheerio!

Sewing Room Redo April 2013

room-5.jpgI have always wanted a large closet. Now I want my own sewing room.

The room is small, so trying to determine how to make both work in the small space was hard, but I did it.

I wanted someplace really girly.

My mom never let us paint the rooms in our house growing up, they always had to be white. Then I moved into different apartments and never took the time to paint the walls and I had to share a small bedroom with my sister who was six years younger than me.

Then we moved into our 3 bedroom house. Master bedroom was mine and my husband’s.  Second bedroom was my son’s and the third bedroom was for my stepdaughter.

Now that my stepdaughter was to old to stay the night, I claimed her bedroom as my own.

I love the color purple. I also found this wall paper at Lowes.  I love Damask.

Then I was so lucky to find matching curtains at Walmart of all places, only $8 a panel!!!!

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I also bought these cabinets from Lowes. I think all together I probably spent $80 total.  But be aware, the are really cheap and break easily.

I found these wire racks at Lowes to hang up my clothes. I love having my clothes out in a visual space so I can see what I have.

I am very anal, so I like having jackets, with jackets, sleeveless with sleeves, and so on.

Oh, and while moving the TV in the room (remember the old on in the other post?) while the cord came out completely from the TV.

This gave me an excellent excuse to my husband to go by a new flat screen TV.

Wow the difference between an old TV and a new flat screen TV is amazing!! How much lighter!!!

I painted the walls a light lavender color, which I thought was a great contrast between the black and white.

This room felt so bright and cheery to be in.

I kept this room for a year. When my husband and I were trying to have a baby, I moved my 19 year old down here and moved my sewing items to his room.

I took down the wallpaperL, sigh!!!!! I loved it so much.

But I wanted to make it more like a dorm for him, so I painted it a real light taupez brown and got him black curtains, but more on that later!!

Until next time, Cheerio!

 

My Sewing Room 2013

Now that I started to sew, it’s time to find some space in the house for me.

This is a downstairs bedroom that I decided to claim as my own personal space. We also sometimes have some water issues, so it is not the most convenient place, but will allow me my own personal space to sew.

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I wish I had more pictures to show you, but apparently I didn’t take that much. My mom gave me her old table and chair, so I now had a place to put my machine.

I also used the table as my cutting table as well. Only downside is that you have to take everything off the table when you sew.

I had a book regarding fashion, so I tore out the pages and put them in Dollar store frames and hung them up around the room for inspiration.

As you can see we had an older TV, but it worked!!!

I have had the bookcase for years and I began putting my patterns into the bookcase.

I also used some of the storage drawers to hold my fabric and a shelving unit to hold my fabric.

My mom gave me her mother’s sewing basket (the pink one on top of the bin).

Since there wasn’t much light, I used a cheap lamp my son had used.

For now, this felt like the perfect space.

PS, I redid the room later and felt like a queen. However that didn’t last long, as I became pregnant and had to move my 19 year old son down to this room.

He later moved out on his own, but let’s just say I am still trying to carve out a perfect space for my sewing, sigh!!!!

I envy the pictures posted online of large craft rooms.

Oh well, someday!!!

Until next time, Cheerio!

 

Awesome Body Croquis

I know this doesn’t fall in line with my journey, but I found something so exciting today that I thought I would share it.

I was reading the most recent post in ‘Curvy Sewing Collective’ and read about Erica that has created a My Body Model Croquis.

          

https://mybodymodel-kickoff.kickoffpages.com?kid=G5RSE

The link is above.

They are fashion templates according to your measurements.  You input your measurements and you actually have your own body template to do your drawings on.

This is awesome!!! I used to have a more hourglass shape, but since the baby, I have been all sorts of shapes.  First I gained 90 lbs with the baby, had preeclampsia, took about 9 months to lose 45 lbs, and then a year later lost the other 35 lbs, but now gained back 25 lbs.  AHHHHHHHH, so frustrating.

 

This is so cool, because I can’t seem to stay the same size, this will help me determine what garments will look best on my body shape at any given time.

Check it out!!!

McCalls M6400 Top March 2013

Back again. After success with the construction of the two dresses, minus the mishap with underlinings and linings, I decided to try my hand back at making a top.

I really liked this Mcall’s pattern M6400. At this time all my patterns were from Joann’s because they kept having their either 5 patterns for $5 sale, or their 3 patterns for $5 sales.

To be honest I didn’t even know a thing about the Indie pattern companies. I think I just learned about them in the beginning of 2017, by signing up for sewing blogs and hearing the sewing lingo of Indie pattern companies.

I now see that Mccalls even has a link on their pattern website for these. I actually start trying a few out in 2017, so stay turned for future blogs!

Okay, back to the pattern. The pattern referenced that it was an easy knit.  Sounded easy.  I went with View B.

The reason I went with it, was because it looked so flattering.

I have always had a hourglass figure, but also wide in the front. I don’t seem to carry weight in the front of me, or the back (meaning I have a very flat rear end, oh noooo!).  I will go into flat rear ends in another post.  In 2017, I learned more about how to make a flat rear end look more curvaceous.

But I have very wide flat hips, and small waist and at that time I was wearing a 36B bra.

So I always liked to have tight-fitting tops to show off my curves.

This came with a price. I had to workout 6 days a week for at least an hour a day to maintain the shape.

I pretty much would wear mediums in ready to wear and could usually get away with a small.

Skip forward to 2017 after baby, whole body has changed and no time to workout.

So in 2017, I would not be picking this top.

Back to 2013.

This top was actually really easy to put together. I believe that I had purchased the fabric from Fabric.com.

Again, I struggled a bit with the neckband, as you can tell, it was very wavy.

Now, I probably would have used stitchery witchery to help stabilize the neckband. I also have a coverstitch machine that I would have used.  I just got my coverstitch in 2017 and love, love, love my coverstitch!!!.  Boy I wished I would have had a coverstitch when I started sewing.  What a time saver and so easy!!!

This fabric was a cotton knit.

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I cut a medium and liked that it was only a yard and a half of fabric, which is great. I cut it right out of the envelope and didn’t grade anything to fit.  Notice the Medium has a 34 ½ inch bust, but this really fit my 36 inch bust really well.

I think being a knit, being able to stretch made the fit good.

After some washes though, the fabric didn’t hold up so good. The neckband got more stretched out and the color faded a lot.

In time I did end up tossing it, as it just didn’t wash well. I wish I had more pictures of it.

Who knows maybe as the little one gets older and find time to work out (yeah right), I will make it again.

But for now, this is not my current style in 2017, but it is still really cute. Who know’s maybe one day!!!

Oh well, on to the next project!

Until next time, Cheerio!